Amal Clooney calls on Egypt to release jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is pressing Egypt to free Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy because his trial was 'unfair and his imprisonment a travesty of justice.'

Fahmy’s trial was 'unfair and his imprisonment a travesty of justice' says acclaimed human rights lawyer

This composite shows human rights lawyer, Amal Clooney (left), and imprisoned Canadian-Egyptian journalist, Mohamed Fahmy. Clooney is urging the Egyptian government to release him on medical grounds. (Louisa Gouliamaki, Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

Amal Clooney, the acclaimed human rights lawyer who recently married actor George Clooney, has called on the Egyptian government to release jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.

Fahmy, a Canadian-Egyptian dual citizen, is currently serving a 7-year sentence for terrorism. He was arrested with two fellow Al Jazeera English journalists on Dec. 29.

Left, Al-Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed, Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and correspondent Peter Greste, appeared in Egyptian court in March on terror charges. (Associated Press)
In a statement issued Thursday from her London-based firm, Clooney revealed that Fahmy is suffering from a potentially fatal case of Hepatitis C and his "detention has become a great danger to his health."

Clooney also appealed for a compassionate release on health grounds to allow Fahmy to seek treatment for a permanent injury to his right shoulder that requires "a series of complicated correctional bone surgeries" that are "not readily available in prison."

'Not a shred of evidence'

The trio of Al Jazeera journalists was accused of supporting the banned Islamist Muslim Brotherhood group of ousted president Mohammed Morsi. They were also charged with fabricating footage to undermine Egypt's national security.

Clooney, seen here in Athens last month, is also advising the Greek government in its battle to repatriate the ancient Parthenon Marbles statues from Britain. (Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
​Clooney's statement described Fahmy's trial as "fundamentally unfair" and his imprisonment "a travesty of justice." 

She also argued that there was "not shred of evidence to show that Mr. Fahmy had any affiliation with [the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group] whatsoever."

"He is serving a 7-year prison sentence for simply reporting the news," she entreated.

Clooney also appealed to Egypt's supreme court to overturn Fahmy's conviction and release him when it hears his appeal on Jan. 1.

An accomplished human rights lawyer, Clooney has defended Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the past. She is currently part of a legal team advising the Greek government in its bid to have the Parthenon Marbles returned from Britain.

With files from The Associated Press